6/24/20 Power Five

  1. Raj Chetty Talk on Latest Research – In case you missed it a few weeks ago, Chetty and team created a real-time tracker to document the economic impacts of Covid. Recommended.
  1. How to Innovate America’s Police System – Much has been written on defunding police departments across the country and reallocating those funds to community programs. Regardless of where you stand on that issue, we can all agree that the over-militarization of our police is unnecessary for routine traffic stops and minor issues. Alex Tabarrok makes the case for unbundling the police and moving traffic violations to a separate, unarmed department. Vox lists some suggestions too.
  1. Why Do We Pay So Many People So Little Money – “Nationwide, essential employees earn an average of 18.2 percent less than employees in other industries.” As cases continue to spike around the country, it’s unlikely we will return to normal anytime soon, which means the millions of Americans still heavily relying on the additional $600 a week in unemployment benefits will face dire circumstances unless Congress extends the benefit.
  1. Lost Music From the Holocaust – Italian music teacher, Francesco Lotoro, has collected over 4,000 pieces of sheet music written in concentration camps and throughout Europe during WWII. As he records these treasures, he hopes to raise enough money to open a museum dedicated to the notes that were never heard. “In a few hours in Auschwitz, an entire generation of musicians, composers, famous piano virtuosos, the fifth column of the Jewish musical elite of Central and Eastern Europe disappeared.” (Clips of recordings are at the end of the article.)
  1. The Secret Language of Honeybees – Queens make two distinct noises when they first emerge, not to any one bee in particular, but the entire colony.